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SK Gaming and Renegades join WESA, ELEAGUE nominated for sports Emmy

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Results

League Champions Korea (LoL)

KT Rolster 2:1 Afreeca Freecs

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Unicorns of Love 2:1 Splyce

G2 2:1 Fnatic

ESL Pro League Season 5 (CSGO)

Europe

HellRaisers 1:1 North (16-13, 10-16)

EnVyUs 2:0 Virtus.pro (16-5, 25-22)

Fnatic 1:1 FaZe Clan (16-10, 13-16)

G2 2:0 LDLC (16-12, 16-5)

North America

OpTic 2:0 Misfits (16-3, 16-11)

SK Gaming 1:1 Renegades (16-8, 13-16)

Cloud9 1:1 Counter Logic Gaming (22-18, 9-16)

NRG 2:0 Luminosity (16-10, 16-2)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

European League Championship Series (LoL)

H2K vs. Origen, 11 a.m.

Giants Gaming vs. Misfits, 2 p.m.

North American League Championship Series — summer promotion (LoL)

Team Liquid vs. eUnited, 6 p.m.

EnVyUs vs. Gold Coin United, 6 p.m.

Saturday

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love, 10 a.m.

G2 vs. ROCCAT, 1 p.m.

League Champions Korea

ROX Tigers vs. Samsung Galaxy, 4 a.m.

SK Telecom T1 vs. MVP, 7 a.m.

iBuyPower Invitational (CSGO)

Quarterfinals, 12 p.m.

Sunday

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Splyce vs. H2K, 11 a.m.

Misfits vs. Fnatic, 2 p.m.

League Champions Korea

KT Rolster vs. Longzhu, 4 a.m.

bbq Olivers vs. Jin Air Green Wings, 7 a.m.

iBuyPower Invitational (CSGO)

Semifinals, 12 p.m.

Grand final, 5 p.m.

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